Topics Goddy Leye
, Art Bakery
, art education
, African Culture
, community media
, radio continental drift
about Art Bakery & B-TV project
a conversation in Vauxhall Market with
Claudia Wegener/ radio continental drift
recorded in July 2008
These tracks are a footage record of a conversation on community media & arts in Bonandale, Cameroon, a village-like suburb near Douala (set against the sonorous background of a Sunday morning at Vauxhall Market in South London). It's a snippet of an on-going conversation between artist-activists in creative community media recorded at the time of Goddy's residency at Gasworks (so, for a listener some background information might go unmentioned in these recordings; for further information please see for example: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goddy_Leye and:
Cameroonian artist Goddy Leye, who passed away in February 2011, created & founded 'ArtBakery' in Bonandale in 2003 as a place of exchange, encounter, multi-media training & production between artists & local community, local artists & visiting artists. Much of Goddy's pioneering vision for this kind of work & the ArtBakery project in particular comes across in this brief 40 mins conversation.
(track 08f) Goddy talks about the conceptual design for the project ahead of time - down to designing Art Bakery CD labels - which he pursued during residencies away from Cameroon between 1999- 2002; "you need to be prepared... with these kind of projects".
Earlier, I had been telling Goddy about the No-Go-Zones audio radio project in South London, which I had been organizing & co-producing jointly with Terry Humphrey/ Terry Mac; and my forthcoming move to Durban S.A. facilitating what became the Durban Sings audio media & oral history project; and the questions on my mind how the concepts of "slow broadcasting" & "audio correspondence" we had developed here with "No-Go-Zones" would translate in the Durban environment…
(track 09f) Goddy describes the process & discusses the impacts of a series of video documentaries on local culture; the driving motivation of "ArtBakery" could be summed up, he says, as "(self) image/ management/ production"; he talks on how a combination of training & work, training-by-doing can function and make place for people to get involved; and how digital media allows for people to practically understand themselves as "being part of the big picture".
"ArtBakery is not even meant to stay for ever... but the effects will continue... it's more then just about us... it's future generations."
(track 09f2) We talk about the Bonandale TV project "B-TV" which would be unfolding right after his return from London, the new opportunities & possibilities he foresees through this work for artists & the community alike. "ArtBakery will become a library of production, a documentation centre... in 2011 we will have it... I know... it's already happening."
I ask him about other comparable initiatives in the area & beyond; Goddy describes and mentions a few; talks on issues of "sustainability"; "before having a fridge, we need people around who talk about their work".
A winding network of artists' friendship, exchange & co-productions are underpinning this kind of community media work & our conversation; we got talking to each other via Dutch artist Paul Hendricks & Swiss artist Dunja Herzog; and across a number of collaborative initiatives in Johannesburg, Douala, London, & elsewhere; among it also a project through "enough room for space" aiming for Cameroon which at the end, remained unrealized; though, a recording of a conversation "around a fire" in France among artists about the project still exists (http://www.archive.org/details/no-go-zones_867 ).
After the Vauxhall Market conversation with Goddy, I put him in touch with Terry Mac, and the two also shared a very inspiring exchange of which a recording exists...
radio continental drift
a broad casting house in the bag of a listener
out to here unheard voices
a branch of the growing networks of sound workers,
audio artists, radio communities, and the street corner academies of listening and broadcasting
around the world
radio is happening
when people loiter in public places
the air is free!